Thursday, May 31, 2012

exciting news!

I know I have been a little MIA for the last week... well,  I have been crazed getting ready to install a big project I have been working on for weeks now.  So many time consuming diy projects in the works at one time that my head is spinning, but in a good way.

A company called Wildbrain Entertainment contacted me recently and asked if I was willing to be a contest prize in a partnership between the very popular kids TV show YO GABBA GABBA and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.  Awesome, right???!!!  I was so flattered that they thought to use me as a contest prize! Well, the winner was chosen and I'm designing a room for 2 little girls that are big YO GABBA GABBA fans that live with their single mom and brother in a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles house.  I met one of the girls last week and she is a super cute and spunky 2 year old with very strong opinions (a gal after my own heart for sure!).  This is my first big foray into the kids world (other than that little crayon starburst wall art i made last year) and I am having a lot of fun with it.  Wanted to give you a tiny sneak peek at a little bit of what I am working on.  A few of my projects involve stickers.  Lots of them.  Hundreds and hundreds.


The big reveal is next week and I can't wait to see how it all comes together!  I will be sharing all the details and how to's then.  Oh, and last night I saw one of the designers from my internship and showed him the top photo in this post and he was very impressed with my sticker decoupage... he thought it looked like intricate Spanish tile and couldn't believe it was done with stickers.  That was a huge compliment coming from him!

Next Tuesday is the big day so be sure to check back for all the cool details!

For those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... I created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the formerly almost 40 year old intern




Friday, May 25, 2012

takin' it to the streets...

copyright becca midwood
so i have been obsessed with great street art for quite a while now.  and, lets be clear,  i'm not talking about tacky graffiti where someone haphazardly spray paints joanie loves chachi on a wall.   i am talking about street ART.  i see it all over town here in LA and in other countries i've visited (buenos aires, argentina was a favorite place for street art spotting!).  i am amazed by the talent of these spray can weilding artists. it is hard enough for me to properly aim my can of rustoleum when working on a diy project without making a big mess. and don't even get me started on my lack of drawing skills... i love that these folks have the vision for what their big art is going to be and then bring it to life, often times free hand over a massive space.


whether it is a groovy illustration, a bold graphic print, an inspirational message or a massive mural, i am so on board.  most of the time i have no idea who the artist is (yeah, i'm not cool) but there are a few i do know about and i thought i would share some photos with you.  a nice visual smorgasbord for the holiday weekend...
oh, and my friend cindee had a cool local street artist, alec monopoly, create a groovy piece for her 10 year old son's room. love the bright graphics against the bold black and white striped walls. great idea for creating a room your kid can grow with!
copyright becca midwood
so, this gal, becca midwood, creates the grooviest and girliest street art around town.  a lot of them look like fab vintage fashion illustrations and i love them.  check out more of her work here.
copyright becca midwood

 
and becca recently showed some of her fine art at the cave gallery in venice.  this one was my absolute fave!  someday i will have something groovy like this hangin' on my wall.
copyright HENSE
this guy that goes by the name HENSE is based in atlanta and has created some really amazing grapics on the outside of buildings and covering cement walls in atlanta and miami.  i am trying to convince one of my clients to buy one of his fine art pieces for their large dining room wall.  i love his aesthetic and could totally see some of these designs as cool fabric prints.  go here to check out more of his stuff!
copyright HENSE
last week i was in a very industrial part of downtown LA on an errand for a client and snapped the above pic of one of the many massive murals lining the blocks.  no idea who created it...


and you may remember this piece on construction barracades on la brea that i showed on my blog a while back.  one of my fans alerted me to the name of the artist, aaron de la cruz, and even provided a link to the video of him creating it.  and he did it free hand! amazing!  my love of these bold black and white graphics definitely inspired my extreme stripes painted rug diy!

the image right above and the ones below are photos i snapped in buenos aires a few years ago.  the streets were filled with amazing art.  so much fun to discover when walking through the city!



and i shot these beauties on the streets of istanbul a couple of years ago. love these too!

and, back in LA...  doesn't this just say it all?

for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the formerly almost 40 year old intern

Monday, May 21, 2012

motel mondays: part 24


 so, i snapped a photo of today's motel, the ocean lodge in santa monica, while running an errand over the weekend. this fab vintage motel is steps from the beach and also steps from this great dive bar i also love, called chez jay.  i think i need to go back to snap another when we aren't in the midst of june gloom by the ocean 'cause i think it would look even more fab with blue skies behind it!

 
i love the fact that with spring/summer in LA comes super amazing scents in the air.  waking up to the smell of jasmine is heaven!  and i love that it seems to be all over town in unexpected places.  i was just in a very industrial part of downtown visiting these guys that make cool furniture from reclaimed wood and amidst all the cool graffiti art and crumbling buildings was an entire city block of  lined with jasmine! i am totally planting lots of jasmine around whatever home i own someday.  or at the very least i can see about planting some in my wattles farm plot.  as of last week i am only one more volunteer weekend away from getting on that darn waiting list.  fingers crossed it won't be too long.

oh, and a friend said to me the other day "maybe you'll meet a cute single guy at the community garden you're joining, you should keep your eyes peeled..."  well, i did meet a really cute guy when i was there last weekend.  he was super smart and funny and single and straight and made my volunteer hours weeding fly by.  only problem is he's eleven...

this weekend was exhausting with lots of odd jobs but i did get to take a break on sunday and hit one of my favorite local markets. how super fab is the orange and white 1950's arm chair i spotted?

it is super weird not interning this week but i am looking forward to knocking out a lighting class project that i have be procrastinating on. and i am planning on completing all sorts of fun diy projects for a very cool room i will be revealing in just a couple of weeks.


for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the formerly almost 40 year old intern

Thursday, May 17, 2012

saying goodbye to interning...

 

well, this week marks a big milestone for me.  i am officially not an intern anymore.  my last day was yesterday and it was weird for me.  i wasn't expecting it to be as emotional as it ended up being.  i am so very thankful for and lucky to have had this experience and wouldn't trade it for anything.  the designers took me to a goodbye lunch to thank me for my hard work.  i'm not gonna lie, i got a little misty and sniffly saying all my thank yous and goodbyes.  and remember the designer that always gave me the toughest most challenging tasks, really getting me out of my comfort zone??? well, he got the biggest thank you of all!  i really think i learned the most from him...

during this last almost year and a half (yikes!) of working for free for THE designer,  i have challenged myself both personally and professionally and learned skills that are invaluable and will really help me in the next phase of my career.  i feel very fortunate for having been able to do this and i am nervous and excited to see what the future holds.  i love that my friend john compared it to being a little bird flying from the nest for the first time, even though i am far from being little.

so, lots of old friends and folks that i have met during what i now consider my "new" life always asked how i did it... and everyone wants to know what it is like to start over from the complete bottom of the barrel as an unpaid intern after having been in corporate executive positions.   i knew what i was signing up for as i had many interns work for me over the years (and by the way, at the time, i was terrible at remembering their names) and now i was choosing to walk in their shoes.

well, i realize that i have an advantage over gals that haven't even begun their professional careers as i seem to be working backwards but i think my few tips for having a successful internship experience are true for the young ones as well as old (but surprisingly young looking for their age) folks like me....

so, here they are -  the formerly almost 40 year old intern's quick tips for a successful internship

1 - i've said it before and can't stress it enough - check your ego at the door
2 - a positive attitude goes a long way (even when you get the occasional parking ticket or two)
3 - no task is too menial to learn from (even makin' copies)
4 - don't be afraid to ask questions, because that's what smart people do
5 - be indispensable,  take lots of notes and be organized - interning is multi-tasking 101
6 - when all else fails fake it till you make it

if you'll excuse me while i go pack up my hello kitty bandaids as i won't be needing them anymore...  i'll still be updating the blog with all sorts of stuff (diys, etc.) so i would love for you to stick around...  plus, you get to follow along and see my future after interning unfold!

for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the formerly almost 40 year old intern



Monday, May 14, 2012

motel mondays: part 23


well, i know i am a little bit late with today's post.  i was caught up in a meeting with one of my newest clients.  she's two.  sweet and sassy and she had a lot of opinions on what her room should look like. so far my youngest client yet!  and i am super excited to be working with her and her mom, sister and brother! i will reveal more on that in the coming weeks as i am creating some exciting stuff for them and i can't wait to see how it all turns out!

today's vintage motel is the royal santa monica motel located on santa monica blvd.  i love the super rustic signs surrounding the building!  the faded colors are great!!


i spent this weekend decoupaging thousands of stickers onto a piece of furniture.  as i was doing this, i kept asking myself why i decided to take on such a tedious project for my first foray into the world of modpodge...  why couldn't i have started with larger sheets of paper in a random pattern instead of the one i chose??? well, it is too late now... at least i am finally seeing my vision come to life and i have to say the results are gonna be pretty cool!

so, while taking a sunday morning break from all that decoupaging, i hit one of my favorite flea markets. i am obsessed  with these groovy vintage movie set lights that i keep seeing around.  i love them and am hoping i can talk one of my clients into one!  super sculptural, groovy and unique!  
 
for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern

 

Monday, May 7, 2012

motel mondays: part 22


i happened upon today's motel, the royal viking motel, when driving home from my second visit to the transmission av show at moca.  this beauty is near the intersection of 3rd street and alvarado and features vintage signs from two different eras.  one is so dark and moody and the other is more fun and kitschy.  looks like this motel has multiple personalities. and the barbed wire adds so much edge to the look, don't ya think??

and i also passed this groovy old liquor store and had to snap a few pics of the sign.  thinking it might be great to display a print of this above a vintage bar cart in a friend's apartment.
so, this weekend started with me spending an entire day cleaning out someone's garage, sifting through 50 years of dust and grime and junk (hello hoarders!), in order to prepare for a yard sale in a couple of weeks.  so bizarre all the little odd jobs i hold these days...

oh, and i went to see what was billed to be a hot new musician perform in hollywood with a friend.  supposedly so amazing that he got all this great buzz from the hipster coachella music festival. well, have you ever had one of those moments where you are looking at your fellow audience members in a movie or a concert and thinking "are we at the same show?  are you seeing/ hearing what i am seeing? really??"  yeah, perhaps i wasn't cool enough to get it (not the first time, mind you) but neither was my friend. as we stared at the others in the crowd surrounding us freaking out and getting way into the show i just felt uncool because i didn't love what i was hearing and so wanted to.  well, at least we could laugh about it... 
while interning last week i spent the majority of my time running errands, collecting and returning beautiful, expensive and fragile glassware and dinnerware for a client, praying that i wouldn't trip and crush them all.  and i was pondering if i would actually ever want to own drinking glasses that cost $300 each even if money was no object. yeah, probably not.  i did see these amazing hand blown glass vessels while at one of the stores.  i love the colors and shapes of them.  they were by this woman named elizabeth lyons.  the ones on her site are even more amazing than the ones above!

for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern

Thursday, May 3, 2012

drawing aspirations...

vineyard by my friend tamara
 if you've been reading along for a while you've probably read about my lack of drawing skills.  yep, i can do a great job of taping out a cool geometric design on a rug or two but for whatever reason i cannot create anything pretty with pen (or pencil or paintbrush) freehand... i have always known i can't really draw anything that is supposed to look like something and in my internship i have been on occasion asked to quickly sketch something up.  and i am still terrified every single time this happens to me. not exaggerating.

and every time i just suck it up and try my best while trying to look cool on the outside all the while hoping that what i create won't be too terrible.  just last night in my lighting design class we were given an assignment to draw up lighting plans for a local high end boutique and i am debating which will have the best outcome, hand drawing or auto cad, as my skills in both areas still leave a lot to be desired.


well, my sister recently got me hooked on this free phone app game called draw something. for me it is another daily reminder of just how much i need to work on my drawing skills. i have never been into playing computer games... even as a kid, it wasn't my thing.  my parents gave us a colecovision console and games one christmas in the 80's and my sisters and i played with the smurf game for about a month and then let it collect a foot of dust before being sold at one of my mom's garage sales.  so, when my sister asked me to give it a shot i decided to do it once... and now i am surprised that i have been completely sucked into the draw something vortex.  oh, and i have learned something while playing... if you can't draw with a pen, using just your finger on a screen isn't gonna be much better (as evidenced by my depiction of "cemetery" for my friend andrea above drawn on my ipad). 


and if you already have amazing drawing skills they seem to extend to this game. i have an artist and graphic designer friend, tamara holcomb page, who keeps posting her amazing draw something pics on facebook (see images above).  i confirmed with her that she drew these lovely pics with her finger on her ipad.  yeah, i have tried the app on both my phone and my ipad and my skills do not increase all that much when switching to a larger device.  and even if i purchased all of the available colors in the draw something assortment i don't think i could create anything quite as amazing as these.

i am not planning on leaving this game anytime soon.  it's fun to see what my sister and friends come up with and great for practice... and you know those moments when you're stuck somewhere waiting for a friend who is a half hour late? well, you can look cool, busy and important while playing on your phone and killing some time...

big thank you to tamara for letting me use her images in this post! you can check out more of her work here...

and thank you to casa haus in mexico for posting all three of my painted rug diy's on their site today! get your spanish on and check it out!

below are images of my friend darin and his brother's draw something images... not too shabby either!
barry draws draper

barry draws titanic
darin's artistry
for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern